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GAJ Award eAlert - IFAJ Broadcasting Award 2011

Johann Tasker
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Johann Tasker

A last call for entries for the IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcast Journalism

Are you a radio or television broadcaster, or do you undertake similar work online for a website? If so, then the Guild would urgently like to hear from you.
Britain can provide a single nominee to this year's IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcast Journalism award in each of the following categories:

  • Television – for the best piece produced primarily for broadcast on television.
  • Radio – for the best piece produced primarily for broadcast on radio.
  • Online radio (podcasts) – for the best audio piece produced primarily for broadcast via the internet.
  • Online video – for the best audio visual piece produced primarily for broadcast via the internet. 

Do you have a broadcast which stands out and which you believe has the potential to win the contest, now in its second year?

The closing date for entries is April 25 as the Guild will have to decide who goes forward to the international competition, if more than one person decides to enter any of the categories.

The inaugural year of the competition was a great success, with 21 entries being received from 13 countries, and winners coming from Sweden, Austria, United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcast Journalism award co-ordinator Liz Harfull said: "We are very keen to build on that success with even more entries this year from even more countries. Full details are on the IFAJ website. It is important you read them as there have been some changes from last year.

If you want to enter then Joe Watson, the GAJ's IFAJ executive member, is the contact at Judges will be making their decisions based on the following criteria:

IFAJ Star Prize for Agricultural Broadcast Journalism

Overall statement of intent: The awards recognise excellence in the field of agricultural broadcasting. They focus on the work of the journalist, not the entire production crew. The competition is open to all formats – news reporting, current affairs, feature/magazine-style pieces.

Content and style

  • Is the main focus agriculture and/or issues affecting farmers?
  • Is it entertaining? Did it make you WANT to listen or watch right to the end? Is it memorable?
  • Has the journalist taken an original or creative approach to presenting the story?
  • Does it demonstrate overall excellence in its sector/area of broadcasting – i.e. news, current affairs, magazine/documentary.
  • Is the content strong and relevant for the intended audience? Consider the media outlet/program/website where it was broadcast. (For eg, while the story must focus on agriculture/farming, it may have been produced for a non-farming audience, with the intent to take farming issues to the broader community).
  • Taking into account the nature and frequency of the media outlet, is the story news/issues breaking or original in content? Remember you may be comparing a weekly program or a program with a daily service.
  • Was the material presented in a timely manner?

30 points


(Please note: judges should try to focus on the technical elements influenced by the journalist – entrants have been asked to provide a background statement explaining their role in creating/producing the piece given this may vary dramatically depending on the resources of the program/media outlet. In relation to TV entries, judges are encouraged to avoid being influenced by the quality of the camera work.)

  • Quality of voice and how well the spoken word is delivered by the journalist, including tone/colour, enunciation and audibility.
  • Is the story well crafted – consider writing (script), editing and structure, particularly where it has been the journalist’s responsibility to manage these elements.
  • Does the story have an attention grabbing intro of some sort that persuades the listener/watcher to ‘tune in’.
  • Is there a clear and logical progression of the story so viewers/listeners can follow the thread of the story?
  • In television, are the images being shown relevant to the story and the audio track?

15 points

Objectivity and balance

  • As far as the judging panel can tell, does the story show commitment to research and presenting a balanced report or various perspectives?
  • Is there more than one side to the issue being reported and were they canvassed? This may be particularly relevant if it is a longer ‘feature’-style piece which allows more opportunity to cover the issue in detail.
  • Does the piece leave out important facts? Does it leave more questions unanswered than it was trying to answer in the first place?

(Judges may want to take into account that the story may have been produced for a targeted ‘local’ audience with an existing level of understanding of an issue or technical aspect).

15 points

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